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NETGEAR - Arlo Smart Home Indoor/Outdoor Wireless High-Definition Security Cameras (4-Pack) - White/Black for $299.99 @walmart
  • Each feature a CMOS image sensor to capture high-resolution video footage up to 720p (1280 x 720).
  • Provide night vision up to 25', so you can record videos in dimly lit environments.
  • Allows you to capture a wide area.
  • Live Stream your Arlo cameras on the Amazon Echo Show using simple voice commands. All you have to do is ask!
  • Automatically records once motion is detected, then sends you e-mail or app notifications.
  • Lets you use the cameras both indoors and outdoors in temperatures from 14° to 122°.
  • Make it easy to install the cameras on a wall or other flat surface.
  • Enable you to view live video from your compatible Android, Apple® iOS, Amazon Kindle, Windows or Mac device.
  • Cloud storage

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Not a bad price, however do note that this is an obsolete model at this stage and probably we're seeing the last of this model in the next year.

FYI - for those new to security camera please see my review on why the Arlo and other wire free "security cameras" make for poor security cameras in the wiki here:
https://slickdeals.net/f/10409612-lorex-dahua-oem-6x-4k-8mp-security-camera-system-w-8-port-poe-ip-nvr-2tb-hdd-kit-at-costco-b-m-ymmv-for-799-99

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NETGEAR - Arlo Smart Home Indoor/Outdoor Wireless High-Definition Security Cameras (4-Pack) - White/Black for $299.99 @walmart
  • Each feature a CMOS image sensor to capture high-resolution video footage up to 720p (1280 x 720).
  • Provide night vision up to 25', so you can record videos in dimly lit environments.
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Note - These cameras are very poor for low light conditions. Do not expect any battery operated camera to perform well in low light conditions ( IR LEDs need plenty of juice to run ).
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These are good cameras. I have the originals and upgraded to these to get voice recording last year. My busy cameras last around 3-4 months on a charge. I have no problems with night recordings. The Arlo Pro 2 moves up for 720p to 1080P recording but I have had great results with 720p. Activity zones on the Pro 2 would be good if it works like the Ring activity zones
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These are good cameras. I have the originals and upgraded to these to get voice recording last year. My busy cameras last around 3-4 months on a charge. I have no problems with night recordings. The Arlo Pro 2 moves up for 720p to 1080P recording but I have had great results with 720p. Activity zones on the Pro 2 would be good if it works like the Ring activity zones

FYI - for those considering the Arlo / Arlo Pro for a security camera system

Here's my experience and other's experiences of the system:

From:
https://slickdeals.net/f/10409612-lorex-dahua-oem-6x-4k-8mp-security-camera-system-w-8-port-poe-ip-nvr-2tb-hdd-kit-at-costco-b-m-ymmv-for-799-99

Security Camera System Minimal Viable Product requirements:
  • 1) It must be Reliable.
  • 2) It must be able to capture good enough images to potentially ID suspects.
  • 3) It must be useful for evidence. [ thus date and time stamps are critical ]


[..]

Arlo / Arlo Pro - why they make poor security cameras: ( a lot of this also applies to the Ring cameras )
There are a number of reasons, which apply to many consumer wire free products.
The Arlo / Arlo Pro system fail in 2 of the 3 minimal viable product categories for security cameras, and in the 3rd one does a poor job ( ID distance very short, night image poor ).
1) Poor resolution and wide FOV make for short ID distances
2) Poor reliability, cameras will disconnect from base station, base station needs periodic reboots, cloud service auth failures
3) Lag with cloud service
4) Issues with reliability of motion detection
5) Issues to lag before recording
6) Poor night vision
7) No embedded time stamp - thus videos are poor for evidence. ( Arlo, Ring, and Nest fail here )
8) Difficult to manage multiple clips for downloading from the cloud service.
9) Lag to access live view
10) Cameras do not have local storage - thus when disconnected to the base station they are unable to record events.

Note: Arlo base station has USB ports which were intended for future options, however reportedly Netgear did not enable local attached storage until the Arlo Pro base station came out. Arlo Pro 2 improves on the Arlo / Arlo Pro with 1080p resolution, which helps. However the system still suffers from numerous faults similar to it's prior versions, and only when the cameras are wired do you see significant functional improvements. At which point you may want to just install a PoE system.


From: John Moriarty commenting on the wirecutter article which claimed the Arlo system was a good option:
"Installed the Arlo Pro over the weekend off the back of this reivew, and am sending it back tomorrow. Really disappointed. Main gripes:.."
for the details please see http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/...ty-camera/
Here are the 2 sample video clips he posted
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_H7Uolltns
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7mxNv4uspg

Complaints about Arlo Pro lag issues also in the netgear arlo community, sample:
https://community.netgear.com/t5/...-p/1291918
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My use case is more informational about what's going on at my house.
With proper aiming, I have not had issues with lag or motion detection. I have had to turn down the sensitivity.

A wired system will be much more reliable if you want to go through that trouble but these suit my needs.
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My use case is more informational about what's going on at my house.
With proper aiming, I have not had issues with lag or motion detection. I have had to turn down the sensitivity.

A wired system will be much more reliable if you want to go through that trouble but these suit my needs.
Hi Btle310,

It is fine that they do suit your needs, and it is good to clarify how they do so for those not familiar with these cameras.

Just concerned that a blanket statement like "These are good cameras." may mislead some new purchasers to have higher expectations that these cameras can perform well as security cameras as Netgear claims in their adverts.

This is what happened to me when I was suckered into buying into their Arlo system.

After experiencing the numerous faults of these in real world situations where I had to provide evidence, I finally accepted the wisdom of others and installed a wired system.

So much better, that now I wished I had done so sooner.
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No doubt a wired system will be more reliable and have better resolution. The wireless cameras are simply more convenient as long as people don't get in the mindset that they are actually security cameras
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